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, and the obama administration saying it is ready to act in syria if needed. secretary jack lew on squawk saying moments ago the president will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. >>> good news for tiffany, and luxury, in that it was boosted by sales in china. >>> and the end of the era, bill ackman is bailing on jcpenney, and they are looki in ing to ses shares. >> and we will look at the new home sales to be released. >>> treasury secretary jack lew telling our own john harwood that the president will not e negotiate over the debt limit which could be reached in mid-octob mid-october. take a listen. >> we won't be negotiating over the debt ceiling and congress has authorized funding and committed to expenditures and now the question is do we pay the bills that the united states has incurred. it is the only way for that to do is for congress the act and act quickly. what we need in the economy is certainlity, and we don't need a self-inflicted wound or crisis at the last minute. congress should come back, and they should act. >> jim, they say when it rains, it pours and government is part of t
the u.s. would have to go it alone at this point if president obama wants to take action. the threat of that right now seems to be lessening a little bit. plus, of course, it is a friday before a holiday weekend so things are going to typically be quiet here. traders say before everybody gets back next week and the news flow really starts again. now, what's interesting though is we are seeing a little bit of a shift. the positive data out of the united states. that gdp number is keeping the dollar near a four-week high against the major currencies. of course, we are watching gold prices while we are under 1400, that critical level still hasn't been a bad month for gold. the second b consecutive month that we are going to see a gain for it. kelly, back to you. >> all right, jackie. thanks very much for that. >>> straight ahead, big lots seeing some big gains this week and spiking after reporting earnings are the big box retailers the best way to play retail? we'll talk about that. >>> plus, the government says it will not stop people in colorado and washington from smoking pot. we'll
by obama just a couple days after the jackson hole meeting here. but there is uncertainty over fed policy. there's a certainty over leadership and economic growth. all those things loom large here. and will be spending the next couple of days trying to figure out if we can get some guidance over where the fed is going here. the absence of a definitive statement by the fed chairman will have to mean another time to happen, simon. >> this is of their own making. the problem with nailing your colors to the mass with forward guidance is it doesn't work if you don't know where you're going to guide people to. if you're split or indecisive. that surely, steve, is what is happening here. they raise the question of tapering. you get the interest rates rising. you feel the pain around the world. but when you actually get to tapering you're not sure if the growth is going to be strong enough because you're not really sure if the fed has the courage of conviction at all. the market will find it very difficult to rally on it. >> you know, i like that analysis, simon, because you're right. you hitch y
on now to major news, president obama making a statement moment ace go on egypt. he said the u.s. will cancel joint military exercises with egypt. to help us understand this, john harwood joins us live now from washington with more. john? >> kelly, it was a minimalist response by the president. you had some people including former advisers of his own saying that the united states should suspend or cut off military aid to the egyptian government. the president did not do that. he said that they were going to cancel those bright star military exercises scheduled for next month and continue to consult with his national security team on other steps. what he was trying to do was signal united states concern but not do anything to significantly weaken the relationship between the united states and the egyptian military. there will be more pressure if the violence continues. for now, this is all the president is doing. >> it's a dangerous position, though, john, that they find themselves in. on the one hand condemning the violence but on the other refusing to support the regime. i it'
, and that is what some would like. how do you feel about that? are you in support of obama's request to congress to move the national minimum wage or the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9? >> well, the most important thing we can do right now is to create all jobs and that helphe everybody. we want to create jobs and we have been in that since the recession starting to recover and we are partnering with wa walmart, and dozens of ceos and governors and so creating jobs is critical, but the question is what is the right way to do it? is the right way to do it by choosing between hiring fewer people at higher wages or greater number of peoples at competitive wages that the marketplace will support, and that is really the conversation that we need to have. what's in the best interest of the local communities and workers and we take the view that it is better to be encouraging business growth and development by reducing and eliminating the regulations, and not layering the regulation on the employers and create jobs in all sectors the get the economy move f moving forward again. >> so do you supp
with samsung. the obama administration vetoing a ban on apple products. share of samsung are falling in asia. >> tv blackout, battle between time warner cable and cbs show nothing signs of letting up. >>> the terror threat overseas. many u.s. embassies stay closed now until august 10th. a live report from nbc's pete williams. >>> first up, if you didn't see it, u.s. equity funds saw a record inflow in july. according to trim tabs funds saw $40.3 billion coming in last month while bond funds saw the fourth highest outflow on record. david seeburg at cowan. good monday morning to you. >> good morning. >> david, is this the beginning of something new? >> it seems to be. i mean, $40 billion in july, amazing. still a ton of cash on the sidelines. there's about $9.5 trillion in xhrgs bank deposit and money mark accounts, companies obviously corporate balance sheets reflecting cash. m&a starting to pick up it's the beginning of a rotation that we expect to take equities higher. >> peter, how do you read things here. >> s&p gone from 666 to 1700 without the retail investor. retail money's coming in,
.s. treasury. president obama is calling for both lenders to be shut down. diana olick joins us now from washington to explain why. morning, diana. >> good morning. and, you know, profitability just has nothing to do with it in the eyes of the obama administration. both fannie and freddie reporting big earnings, profits, yet they're still held to blame for much of the housing crash. >> for too long these companies were allowed to make huge profits buying mortgages knowing that if their bets went bad, taxpayers would be left holding the bag. it was heads we win, tails, you lose. and it was wrong. >> that was then and this is now. fannie mae reporting net income of $10.1 billion and paying the treasury $10.2 billion in dividends. that brings the total to $105 billion paid to uncle sam which bailed out fannie mae in 2009 buying $117 billion in senior preferred shares of stock. these dividend payments though do not go to pay back that bailout. treasury still owns that stock. and on the conference call this morning, fannie mae's ceo said that profitability should not slow the appropriate deba
this is a conspiracy between me and president obama or i was soliciting money from people who had some affiliation with him. the documentary evidence is overwhelming. he committed fraud on an ongoing basis. he fleeced people who couldn't afford the money out of $40 million. maybe the most despicable thing his instructors told students, you have to raise your credit limits. call your credit card companies, get more credit if you want to succeed in real estate and folks used that increased limit to pay more money to trump and went further into debt. despicable scheme and he's going to pay for it now. >> any other name than trump, this story doesn't get any pick-up, nobody notices it. to those who say it's an opportunity for you to increase your public profile and that of your office, how do you respond? >> i'm responding to him. i mean he went in the newspapers on saturday and started talking about it. and making crazy accusations against me. so, we're not going to sit down and let him make fall accusations and lie what the case is about. this is a classic bait and switch scheme. you have to sent a
and the health care worries and back and forth on the taxes and obama wants more and we are tapering. perfect. just great. >> well, things could be worse -- you could be in india and watching the currency decline by 4% per day. >> you could be in indonesia and watching a similarly currency going down. >> the rupee. >> yes. and that is a fact. >> and the fact is that the dollar buys more rupees than you can see, whoa! any time a major currency moves almost 4% in a day, this is of course, the impact that you would expect of making indian exports cheaper which will benefit us, but a consumer-led economy there where they are trying to bring it in is complicated and then bring in a lot of goods and send them in and back out, and the equity markets there have not been performing well. >> and you are, we have not talked enough about the merging markets. >> well, they have been crushed. when you talked about the taper talk or the okay, what happens when, and forget about when qe ends, because it is not that the merging markets will take et the worst, because all they are built on is cheap money, and
have a double whammy for home building stocks. last week president obama came out gave a speech on fannie and freddie arguing they ought to be wound down and replaced by another agency. you saw what happened on that, david, home building stocks went through the floor last week tuesday and wednesday. so now we have a double whammy, the concern about higher rates and concerns about less government support overall. that's a real problem. and the itb, the main etf for the home building industry hit a new low for the year, but it wasn't on the rates, it was on concern about fannie and freddie and the lack of support there for the mortgage market. guys, back to you. >> thanks very much, bob. that's still to come. fannie and freddie. that will be a long -- >> begin today just a football security. don't know what's going to happen. >> even the preferreds are a real risk. time for a little bit of a faber report following up on a story here. our viewers have been covering mergers and acquisitions for a long time. but rare indeed when you see a consent solicitation of the shareholders for
" top spot making $25 million. >>> president obama in washington after a vacation at martha's vineyard. he's got his work cut out for him. egypt, regulation and funding the government. john harwood joins us with the latest. what's top priority? >> top priority for the president that is meeting with financial regular laters. he returned from martha's vineyard to a vacation buffeted by the conflict in egypt and other things that are pressing on a national security basis, more revelations about the nsa as well. he's got a very economic, heavy agenda as he comes to back to washington. congress is still out. he meets with the whole array across the government of regulators about trying to keep pace with implementation of dodd/frank, only 40% of the regulations are done. volcker rule is most important, trying to get that done by the end of the year. the president has also got speeches in upstate new york to press his agenda for a middle out economy. that is not likely to go too far with republicans but he's trying to soften up the ground for the fiscal debates this fall. the president has th
a lot of dough, the president, current president, president barack obama, ramped it up. there was no chirping then. i didn't hear chirping going we're going to hit $16 trillion at midnight, let's party! no. but the effects of less government spending definitely going to slow things down because you're not paying for it but it's a good thing. somebody broke the silence, i think it was bank of america, victoria mcgrain from "wall street journal" wrote a piece on wall street journal.com and it talks about the agenda for jackson hole. it's august 22nd to 24th. think about what i was saying. wouldn't it be nice if central bankers got together and tried to really figure out how to solve some of the structural issues? but the topics that were put forth, same old thing. the natural rate of interest, financial prices at zero lower bond, the transition of unconventional monetary policy. global liquidity, cross border cap flows. it seems to me that these are the same old topics, the crisis has come and gone. maybe we need to shake things up a little bit like one of those snow glob
that they've had a difficult time with their reputation for being obstinate as opposed to president obama. their reputation suffered in the 2011 debt crisis. they don't want to go through that again. so that's probably why we will avoid either a government shutdown or a debt default. >> we're back to reading some tea leaves definitely, john, ahead of those midterms. not too far away. thanks so much. our john harwood in washington. interesting point because it relates perfectly to the markets, to the economy, and to what the chairman says every time he's on the hill. >> he often blames congress and the fiscal drag for limiting growth right now in the economy, and what actually happens with the debt ceiling, what actually happens with the continuing resolution, we didn't think it would happen last time. you know, republicans, again, as john harwood just said, they don't want to go through it again, but it is still a significant risk to the economy and it's something the fed is considering as they decide when exactly to begin to pull back their stimulus. they don't want to have a situation w
in a strike. do you think that the obama administration could possibly go it alone? >> i think it is becoming increasingly difficult. the momentum seems to be slowing down. if you remember yesterday we were getting records from u.s. officials saying that the train was out of the station, it was too late to dial back, and it was coming and they were talking about it starting today. i can tell you even here we were beginning to make our plans, how we were going to cover the events if suddenly bombs were falling on dadamascus. now, you have the arab league saying it doesn't support military action. the red cross saying it doesn't support it. egypt saying it wouldn't back a military action. the uk labor party wanting to slow things down and have two votes to authorize military strikes. today the administration is supposed to give a briefing about why it believes that chemical weapons were definitively used by the bashar al-assad regime. the longer this goes on i think the less momentum you're going to have and more doubt injected into the process. >> nbc's richard engel for news turkey this morni
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